Cigars can be stored for 15 years or more. Just like great vintages, they get more and more so as they get older.
The right conditions
Cigars should be kept at a temperature of 16 to 18oC and relative humidity of 65-70%.
Humidity is the most important point. A Habano that is too wet becomes unfumable, too dry, its smoke becomes pungent.
As humidity varies with temperature changes, it is important to keep the temperature as constant as possible.
Fortunately, many manufacturers offer humidifiers that will help you keep your cigars well.
Whether it's cabinets, cabinets or even an entire room dedicated to cigars, all are equipped with a device that generates or controls moisture.
Good cigar flows keep all their Habanos ready for sale in humidifiers, where they stay in perfect conditions.
You will, however, be well advised to invest in a personal humidifier in which you will keep a selection of Ready-to-Smoke Habanos.
With cigars taking a few days to acclimatize to the conditions inside the humidifier, choose a model with a tray, which will allow you to separate the newcomers from the old ones.
Storing Habanos in the refrigerator is a solution to be outlawed. These appliances dry out faster than you think, and good cigars are great odor sensors.
Tips for solving some problems
A number of problems may arise when the Habanos are preserved. As a result, they may become too wet or too dry.
Drought is the most serious of these two evils. Especially since if these conditions last two or three months, the cigar will definitely lose its aromas. Wetting dry cigars requires careful and step-by-step work, or the cloak will explode under the action of leaves that, under the effect of moisture, will have swollen.
A cigar kept in excessive humidity may rot. One sign will alert you in time to this danger: the appearance of a white mold, whose consistency is reminiscent of rice powder. It occurs when the Habano is subjected to a sudden increase in humidity.
This mold is ultimately positive: it means that your cigar is alive and well. It is easily removed with a soft bristle brush.
The worst plague of Habano is an insect called lasioderma serricorne. He spends his life feasting in tobacco. He empties the tripe leaves of their substances, holes the capes to gain a nearby vitole (it is at this sign, the appearance of small holes in the cigar, that one recognizes his presence), and makes the cigar smokeless. Fortunately, this type of event remains rare. The best prevention? Make sure the temperature inside the humidifier does not exceed 18 degrees Celsius.
In case of infection, place the affected box in a freezer for at least 4 days. The cold will kill the larvae and save the Habanos they had not yet attacked.
The benefits of aging
Coming out of the hands of the torcedor, the leaves that make up the Habano live between them a real intimate relationship, made of exchanges and complicity.
It takes time for the tripe leaves for their particular aromas to blend and expose this harmony of flavors, desired by the ligador.
Aging a Habano is an art. Because the demands are great. First, you need a large humidifier (a cabinet if not a room) where moistened air - with the qualities of constant temperature and humidity over the years - circulates freely around the boxes. A task that will be best entrusted to the specialized shops only.
That said, the result pays for the effort. As the Habano ages, it matures. It expresses, then, its aromas with more sweetness and generosity